Mount Saint Mary's vs. Canisius
May 2, 2003
The Game Story:
Mount St. Mary's, the number one seed of the tournament, earned an 11-8 win over #4 Canisius in the first semifinal game of the 2003 MAAC Men's Lacrosse Championship this afternoon on Leonidoff Field.

Mount St. Mary's took a 1-0 after the first quarter when Billy Jautze netted an unassisted goal at the 13:27 minute mark. The Mount then took a 3-0 lead early in the second quarter with goals from Josh Warfield and Matt Warner. Canisius got on the board at the 12-minute mark in the second quarter with an unassisted goal from Rick Neward. Mark Miyashita closed the gap to 3-2 for the Griffs with his first goal of the night off a pass from Neward with 6:12 left in the half. Warner put another point on the board for the Mountaineers 30 seconds later, while Greg Campbell made it a one-point contest for Canisius with his unassisted goal with 3:11 left to play in the half.

The third quarter would prove to be just as close, with the Mount outscoring the Griffs, 3-2. Warner scored two of the Mountaineers' three goals in the stanza. Down 7-5 at the start of the fourth quarter, Canisius came within one as Steve Muskopf netted a pass from Miyashita. Mount St. Mary's went on to the score the next three goals to take a 10-6 lead, with two more goals from Warner and one from Daniel Hatton, with eight minutes left to play. The Griffs worked to tie the score with goals from Miyashita and Muskopf to have them trail by two with four minutes left in the game (10-8). Jautze, however, would score the final goal of the night off a pass from Warner at the 2:59 mark to seal the win.

Warner, the MAAC Rookie of the Year, had six goals and an assist. Billy Jautze added two goals while goalkeeper Dave Lambour made 12 saves.

Mountaineers' goalie Dave Lambour recorded 12 saves in the net for the Mount, while the Griffs' Thomas Kucharczak stopped nine shots between the pipes for Canisius.

Mount St. Mary's will play the winner of the St. Joseph's semifinal game on Sunday, May 4, at 1:30 p.m. St. Joseph's defeated Providence, 12-11, in overtime in theother game.